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Val Demings’ Possible Challenge To Sen. Marco Rubio Opens Her Seat For Ayala, Others

Orlando Representative Val Demings’s expected challenge to Marco Rubio for a spot in the U.S. Senate is creating a crowded primary for her replacement.

Demings, the former Orlando police chief, rose to national prominence as one of the prosecutors in former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial. She was also a contender to be President Joe Biden’s running mate.

She’s expected to formally announce a bid to challenge Marco Rubio soon That will open up Florida’s 10th Congressional District, a district that includes the theme parks and has voted for a Democrat for president in every election since 2008.

And now new challengers are entering the race for her spot in Congress in Central Florida. Former state attorney Aramis Ayala announced her bid for Deming’s old seat in a YouTube video.

“I began my career as a prosecutor, a public defender and became the first black woman ever to become state attorney in Florida,” Ayala said in the announcement. “Now, I’m running for Congress.”

According to the Orlando Sentinel and other news outlets, Florida State Senator Randolph Bracy is also running for Demings’ old seat. And so is Orlando civil rights attorney Natalie Jackson.

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Abe Aboraya started writing for newspapers in High School. After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2007, he spent a year traveling and working as a freelance reporter for the Seattle Times and the Seattle Weekly, and working for local news websites in the San Francisco Bay area. Most recently Abe ... Read Full Bio »